Every year, the small Swiss village of Davos becomes a kaleidoscope of ideas, values and political ideologies. 

Still, there is one thing that nearly everyone there will be wrestling with in some way: Change.

According to the WEF, four major transformations are redefining globalization today.  These include a shift away from multilateralism in global economic leadership, disruption in the balance of global power, ecological challenges that threaten socio-economic development, and the swift emergence and scaling of new technologies.

Businesses are grappling with how to quickly adapt, without compromising the backbone elements which make them strong – seeking the right combination of agility and stability.

At the same time, people are questioning what it means to be a leader and rethinking the expectations of those who are chosen to do so.

How does one approach leadership in this dynamic environment? Perhaps the world of business transformation offers some guidance.  There are qualities leaders should embody in any situation: integrity, persistence, objectivity, to name a few. But being actively involved in the transformations of hundreds of companies has shown me and my colleagues that certain strengths are required for different times, and especially during great change.

Read the full article by AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley

Live from Davos


To adapt to constant change brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business has adopted an "agility first" prescription to future-proof their company and outlast disruption. What are the trade-offs and big bets business leaders are facing in the race for agility?


  • Simon Freakley, AlixPartners CEO 
  • Maurice Lévy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Publicis Groupe, France
  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé, Switzerland
  • André Kudelski, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Kudelski Group, Switzerland
  • Moderator: Bonnie Gwin, Vice-Chairman and Co-Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer and Board Practice, Heidrick & Struggles, USA

Join us! This session will be live streamed on this page, as well as the Forum website on Friday, January 25th; 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CET